Westland Publications acquires VVS Laxman autobiography #281AndBeyond

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Westland Publications have acquired the rights for former India cricketer VVS Laxman’s autobiography #281AndBeyond.

The stylish batsman from Hyderabad and the gentleman of Indian cricket, VVS Laxman is now wielding the pen to ink his life for the book, titled #281AndBeyond. The title, of course, is derived from Laxman’s historic innings at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to turn the tables on Australia in the Test series of 2001.

The book, to be published by Amazon-owned Westland Publications, is scheduled to reach stands on November 20. Laxman has taken to Twitter to share the formal announcement made by Westland Publications. “My life story in words, coming soon to a bookstore near you” #281AndBeyond, the ace cricketer had tweeted.

The publishers had earlier made a formal announcement about the deal with Laxman.

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“VVS’s account of his life is refreshingly candid and full of insights into the way cricket is played – at the domestic, national and international level,” Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO, Westland said. The autobiography will be launched as part of the publishing house’s new imprint, Westland Sport.

“It was an emotional journey that left me drained at the end of each session. Several incidents that I had all but forgotten suddenly sprang back into memory as I relived my life in great detail. It was hard work, but it was also great fun,” the cricketing great from Hyderabad said.

Though promising to be an “honest and frank” account of the cricketer’s journey, it comes with the important caveat of “no dressing-room secrets”, adds PTI.

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“I have been honest and frank and shared the experiences that have made me the person I am. Without revealing dressing-room secrets, I have tried to offer a peek into the psyche of Indian cricket, and some of its most celebrated sons,” said the ever-smiling non-controversial batting great.

Laxman, who announced his retirement from international cricket in 2012, played 134 Tests, amassing 8,781 runs at an average of 45.97. He scored 17 centuries and 56 half centuries. He also played in 86 ODIs for an aggregate of 2338 and average of 30.76 in the shorter format.